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Adoption laws, parental rights and requirements vary from state to state. It is essential during the adoption process to ensure that you have fulfilled all the requirements. At Quackenbush Legal we can guide you through Utah’s adoption process, ensuring that you meet all legal requirements and fill out the proper paperwork. Adding a new member to your family doesn’t have to be a legal quagmire. At Quackenbush legal we work toward a smooth transition in every stage of the adoption process.

Kinds of Adoption

Closed Adoptions vs Open Adoptions
The key difference between an open adoption or closed one is whether you can contact the birth parents or not. In a closed adoption you will not have any contact or knowledge about the birth parents. In an open adoption contact between the birth parents and adoptive parent is allowed.

Independent Adoption
Is when an intermediary is used to adopt a child. Independent adoptions are permitted in Utah and they are often the easiest way to adopt a child.

Contested Adoption
During the adoption process, sometimes the birth parent, a relative or a person acting as parent may disagree with the adoption. They may voice their objections in person at the adoption hearing or in writing, by sending it to the court within 30 days of the adoption notice. Contesting an adoption complicates the adoption process, since two people are now making legal claims on the child. Having an attorney on your side in this situation can make all the difference.

Relative Adoption
Sometimes due to circumstance it can be necessary to adopt a relative. The adopted relative can be a child or an adult. To get started in the process you will need to get in touch with an adoption agency. They will assess your ability to support and take care of a child.

Stepparent Adoptions
For a stepparent to adopt kids they will need the custodial parent’s approval. Both parents must live with the child for at least a year before the adoption can be finalized.

Foster Care
The biological parents of foster care children no longer have legal guardianship. Thus children in foster care can be adopted. Whether you are a foster parent interested in adopting your foster child or interested in starting a family adopting from foster care is a good option.


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